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Blog entry by Hisingwooddesign posted 05-03-2010 10:41 PM 1124 reads 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Hi Cody I am a tile setter who recently got into woodworking as a hobby over the last year and I’m not in to making anything to big or fancy really just some little projects around the house as well as remodeling my home. I have been having some trouble finding good hard wood and the prices are really high. With the current economy I thought prices would be down a little but I guess not. Well anyways so far I have been getting my wood from the local home depot and ace hardware but I was curious what your opinion would be. Is there a cheaper way to go about it. Ive seen Internet companies that send wood but I’m unsure if this would be a good option as you will not be able to see the material before you purchase it, and I guess would be stuck with what they decide to send. Any advise? Jusin

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#1 posted 05-03-2010 11:55 PM

yes, there’s definitely cheaper wood to be had. the cheapest i’ve been able to find is rough stock milled by people from trees on their own land. I got some really nice cherry that way for about $1 a bdft. the guy even threw in 6bdft of wormy soft maple for fun. when you get this stuff it’s all just milled from a few trees, so it’s not sorted or graded, and will probably tend to be somewhat “rustic” in character – something I like.

also keep an eye out for reclaimed wood. I was able to get a pretty enormous pile of mahogany for dirt cheap that way – it was ripped out siding from an old house, and I found it at a yard sale.

basically, to get the really cheap stuff you have to get creative :-) look around in local want ads/bulletin boards, check craigslist, etc.

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#2 posted 05-04-2010 02:44 AM

Rough cut will be the cheapest due to the fact that it isn’t milled. I found a pallet company about 30 miles from me where I can get it. Depending on the area will usually have a gloat of one or two species of hardwood. As mentioned reclaimed lumber is often cheap as well cause most people don’t want to mess with it. Buying lumber online is generally a safe bet and you will get good solid wood. Problem there is the pieces are generally 3-4 feet in length for shipping purposes. You will pay a lot more for longer boards.

-- I don't make mistakes, I have great learning lessons, Greg

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#3 posted 05-04-2010 02:53 AM

The country is full of companies that supply hardwoods to cabinet makers. I bet ya you have one in your neck of the woods.

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dennis mitchell

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#4 posted 05-04-2010 02:59 AM

Spokane Wash. has an outfit called Lumber Products. Check them out.

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